Thailand’s government-in-waiting has said it will reclassify cannabis as a narcotic drug if it is allowed to take office in the coming weeks and promised a crackdown on unlicensed dispensaries, as well as illegal cannabis imports.

The country dropped cannabis from the list of banned drugs just under a year ago, becoming the first nation in Asia to decriminalise its use and driving a new economic sector some experts say could be worth $1.2bn within a few years.

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